A catchy rock song about a man who is hesitant to get involved in a relationship again due to past heartbreak.

“Once Bitten Twice Shy” is a classic rock song by American rock band Great White, released in 1989 as a part of their album “…Twice Shy”. The song was written by Ian Hunter, the frontman of British band Mott the Hoople, and it became one of Great White’s most successful singles, reaching number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song’s catchy melody and driving guitar riffs have made it a staple on classic rock radio stations, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has been burned in a past relationship and is hesitant to jump into another one, proclaiming that he won’t be “fooled again” by a lover’s false promises.

“Once Bitten Twice Shy” has become a beloved rock anthem, and its popularity has helped to solidify Great White’s place in the canon of American rock music. The song’s timeless sound and relatable lyrics continue to resonate with audiences today, nearly 40 years after its initial release.

Fun Fact

Great White’s version of the song was released in 1989 and became a number one hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

The song’s music video features model Paulina Porizkova.

The song is featured in the movie “The Hangover.”

About the Artist

“Once Bitten Twice Shy” is actually a song by the band Great White, not a musician or band name. Great White is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1977. The band is best known for their hit songs “Once Bitten Twice Shy” and “Rock Me”, both of which achieved commercial success in the 1980s.

Great White has undergone numerous lineup changes throughout their career, with lead vocalist Jack Russell being the only constant member. Despite several tragedies and setbacks, including a deadly fire at a concert in 2003, Great White continues to perform and record music to this day.

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